Jumpers world record attempt will help two Dundalk charities

Maria Goretti Foundation and North Louth Hospice will be beneficeries

Jumpers world record attempt will help two Dundalk charities
Gene Yore gene.yore@dundalkdemocrat.ie@dundalkdemocrat

Organisers, sponsors and associated charities of the ‘Jumpers for Joy’ World Record attempt gathered in Dundalk Town Centre last week to launch the record breaking fundraiser and announce registration dates.

‘Jumpers for Joy’ takes place on Saturday 26 November and aims to get at least four thousand Christmas jumper wearers together in the town centre.

The world record attempt is one of the highlights of Dundalk Frostival, the town’s annual seasonal festival jointly organised by Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and Dundalk BIDS.

Further ‘Frostival’ events will be announced in the coming week.

Martin McElligott, Dundalk Frostival and Town Centre Manager has high hopes for ‘Jumpers for Joy’.

“It wouldn’t be happening if we didn’t think we could smash this record,” said Martin.

“Both Dundalk BIDS and Dundalk Chamber of Commerce have put a lot of thought and time working together on this project, but its success will depend on as many people as possible getting involved.

“However, thanks to Dundalk FC there is an ever increasing community spirit and motivation to succeed so we are sure we will get the support.”

“Jumpers for Joy” organisers are thrilled that Ortho.ie has come on board as the main sponsors of the world record attempt.

Dr Hugh Bradley of Ortho.ie said he charities are really deserving of support.

“We like to put a smile on people’s faces and this event does just that,” he said.

Also attending the launch at the Market Square was Maura O’Callaghan of the North Louth Hospice and Homecare Foundation and Paula Hanlon of the Maria Goretti Foundation.

Maura spoke of the groups delight at being chosen as a beneficiary.

“It is so important to say that all funds raised with this event will go to people in the locality,” she said.

“The foundation is reliant on volunteers and this means that no one is in a paid position and that any money received by the foundation goes to the people who need it.”

Paula Hanlon thanked the Jumpers for Joy committee for choosing the Maria Goretti Foundation as one of the charities to benefit from this year’s world record attempt.

“This fundraiser will not only give our centre the much needed funds that we need to ensure we provide a high standard home away from home for the kids who come to stay with us, but it will also create more awareness for our charity which only opened in 2014,” said Paula.

Registration opens this Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the Marshes Shopping Centre and also Saturday and Sunday, the 5, 6, 19 and 20 November. Cost €5. A registration point will open at Tesco Extra on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November. Follow Dundalk Christmas Jumper Record Attempt page on Facebook for updates.